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Poster: swamprabbit Date: Dec 4, 2007 11:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: In Praise of 90s Dead!

Howdy folks. It seems we have begun to move beyond the negativity that has dominated this site in recent weeks (wishful thinking I know). So here is an experiment in positive energy. The 90s (Vince era) as we know is the most maligned and least understood of all the excellent eras of the Grateful Dead. So I challenge you all to list at least one thing you like about 90s era Dead. Those who have nothing nice to say - move along (we'll see who the true assholes are!)

I'll get things started with a few reasons(in no particular order)
1) Garcia was still with us (at least most of the time)!
2) Days Between - Garcia's last contribution - and a beautiful one at that
3) So Many Roads - One of Garcia's finest - a fitting tune for the end times
4) 10/1/94 - the last truly epic Dead show IMHO

How about you?

This post was modified by swamprabbit on 2007-12-04 19:05:52

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Poster: buscameby Date: Dec 4, 2007 2:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

I can think of 4 things I liked most about the 90'
a) my only Dark Star-
b) 5-31-92 best show I saw in the 90's
c) Tomorrow Never Know's-Baba O'Reily
d)Hornsby on Grand

yes there were others but these were my favs --

oh yeah my last show was on my birthday and I was backstage

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Dec 4, 2007 11:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

i'm not dismissing an entire era, but some songs were just plain better in earlier years, stella is one of them, imho.

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Poster: swamprabbit Date: Dec 4, 2007 11:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

Understood. This was not really intended as a response to your post. Just interested in what others find appealing about the era.

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Poster: bigbossdan Date: Dec 4, 2007 6:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

Best things about the Dead in the 90s (from where I sit):

Walking from my apartment to shows at the Knick (Albany).
HCS, Attics, Loose Lucy breakouts
Having a job so I had money to pay for tix.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Nov 14, 2008 10:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

I saw a lot of great shows between 90-95, especially 90-91. The nice thing about the immediate post-Brent era was that they weren't playing the mediocre new songs that would become more prominent later (Wave to the Wind, Eternity, Long, Long, Long, Long, Long Way to Go Home, etc..).

I saw something like 12 shows in '91 -- spring, summer and fall -- and all had memorable highlights. None of these are considered 'classic' shows for 1991 (for reasons that I don't really understand), yet most were pretty great.

So, in addition to the shows from '91 that everyone talks about (MSG, Shoreline, Greensboro -- which are, indeed, great) here are my recommendations for often-overlooked greatness from 1991:

3-17-91, Cap Center - Reuben and Cherise breakout. Five songs before Drums, including a GREAT (and I mean great) China->Rider, and the second New Speedway since 1970. Also one of the best Black Peter's I ever heard. Total goosebumps material.

3-21-91, Cap Center - A well-circulated bootleg back in the day. Look at this second set, 'Stir It Up Jam'?? Are you kidding me? Dead history: Victim Or The Crime-> Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Stir It Up Jam-> Drums-> Jam-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: Box Of Rain

Really, that entire March 1991 Cap Center run was great. You should really listen to all of them. 3-20 was nice too.

6-20-91, Pine Knob - Second set a Throwin' sandwich. What? The Throwin -> Iko transition still gives me goosebumps: Throwing Stones -> Iko Iko, All Along The Watchtower, Standing On the Moon, He's Gone-> Drums-> Space-> The Wheel-> I Need A Miracle-> Wharf Rat-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: Brokedown Palace

06-22-1991 - Soldier Field - Amazing Shakedown in the two-hole is the show highlight, but also includes an impressive Playin -> Terrapin -> D/S -> Dark Star Instrumental -> Playin Reprise. Great stuff.

09-04-1991 - Richfield Coliseum - An absolutely gaudy 10-song first set to kick off the fall tour (opens with "Let the Good Times Roll"). When does that ever happen? Very high-energy, kick ass show. Maybe the best I saw. Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain, Estimated, He's Gone to open the second. A seriously great, great scarlet->fire here. Plus, 'China Doll' out of space.

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Poster: gdave Date: Dec 4, 2007 12:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

Eyes set openers (not that I don't like it out of Estimated)

Bruce

Standing on the Moon

6-17-91

The fact that I could actually attend shows in this era, being too young to see shows before the late 80s

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Poster: Tito&Smokey Date: Dec 4, 2007 11:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

Grateful Dead--1990-1995

25 Best Shows

Criteria include: performance quality, recording quality, each year will have at least one representative show...

( the top 10 is more or less in my personal order, 11-25 are more flexible)

1. 09-20-1990--HUGE China/ Rider, Dark Star
2. 03-29-1990--w/ Marsalis, Dark Star
3. 09-22-1993--w/ Murray, 5 star Lesh performance
4. 06-14-1991--great show
5. 09-19-1990--huge jams, Playin, Let It Grow
6. 04-01-1991--great show
7. 03-22-1990--best Scarlet Fire of the 90s
8. 05-27-1993--very tight, Cassidy>UJB>Cassidy
9. 12-16-1992--fiery show Shakedown, Samson rock
10. 09-10-1991--Marsalis plays on entire show
11. 09-26-1991
12. 05-26-1993
13. 03-24-1990
14. 10-01-1994--last great H/S/F & Scarlet Fire
15. 09-16-1990
16. 12-31-1990---Mammoth NFA open 2nd set
17. 03-24-1990
18. 06-17-1991
19. 05-21-1995--best show of 95? Great 2nd set
20. 05-26-1995--on par with 5-21
21. 05-31-1992
22. 06-20-1992--Casey Jones...
23. 06-07-1991--fiery show at Deer Creek
24. 08-22-1993--the fat man Rocks
25. 03-21-1994--2nd set is hot, Stella Blue!

honorable mention--03-28-1990, 07-12-1990, 07-16-1990, 04-27-1991, 09-22-1991, 10-31-1991, 12-28-1991, 05-30-1992, 12-06-1992, 08-21-1993, 03-16-1994, 06-26-1994, 09-29-1994, 12-16-1994, 03-23-1995, 09-13-1993


Source:Stratocaster

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Poster: gdkid Date: Dec 4, 2007 1:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

tito, you suck, you have never been to a dead show.. much less listen to the music. Your worthless list shows how little you know.

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Poster: patkelley Date: Dec 4, 2007 12:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

No one remembers the 3 Rivers '95 show?? It's the goods, probably the last good one, but gets no props b/c there isn't a good recording of it out there.

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Poster: swamprabbit Date: Dec 4, 2007 6:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

I agree! That was my last show and a fine one to go out on.

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Poster: CompSurfahV2 Date: Dec 4, 2007 5:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

Hmmm... A top 25 from the 90s...

Tito must be a Touch-Head...

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Dec 4, 2007 11:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

all of marsalis' gigs were in the 90's. 90-91 is a top notch perios. after that you need to find the gold but there is some stuff.

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Poster: Seven-Eleven Date: Dec 4, 2007 1:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

I like the 10-01-94 show. Its got a great sound and good energy. In the later years I also like the tone of Bobby's Guitar, although I wish his voice had held up a little better. Its kind of an interesting era and some of the material deserves a chance. Although this isnt my favorite era, I think the Road Trips format would be a great way to present those post Bruce years. One release could sum it up really well. Also how about the 9-24-94 Phil & Friends acoustic show? That has some good highlights including a cool piano solo by Vince on Walkin Blues and a decent Bird Song

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Poster: Tito&Smokey Date: Dec 4, 2007 3:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

i thought he berkely phil and friends stunk.I was there and it could have been so much better.i know,duprees blah blah blah..you could tell Garcia didnt want to be there by his body language and expressions

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Poster: gdkid Date: Dec 5, 2007 2:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

tito. please dont try to make us think you actually like and/or listen to the dead.. you are nothing but a pretender looking for attention.. a worthless piece of shit.

why dont you go back to the mullet forum and leave us alone.

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Poster: Tito the Attention Whore Date: Dec 4, 2007 4:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

and maybe yew coulda been so much betta tito. yew looks like yew got strong knees tito. too bad yew always start gagging when that cock hits yer tonsils. tuff way to make a livin. yew spend lota time on yo knees in prison? we like bitches like yew in prison tito. i member yew in prison tito. yew did that shit fer free.

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Poster: gumby69 Date: Dec 6, 2007 10:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

Definitely dig So many Roads and Standing on the Moon.
Best versions as far as I can tell are:
So many Roads:1994-09-18 - Shoreline Amphith
Standing on the moon:1995-06-30 - Three Rivers Stad
Estimated Prophet:3-21-90 Beautiful solo

You cannot dismiss the the 90's there were lots of good shows but i think what came into play were stellar songs as opposed to stellar shows.

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Poster: Tito&Smokey Date: Dec 4, 2007 11:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

Yeah,Days between is a great song that im a big fan of.That being said,almont all of them were total crap.Theres only like 2 or 3 good ones out there.
So Many Roads-epic!
There was some great shows all throughout the 90s..some great ones even in 95 too(2-21-95) comes to mind,also the Box of rain night at rfk was sweet too.Ill take 91-95 over 83-86 any day.I thought the dead were at their worst in the early-mid 80s(except for pre-71,which i dont even listen too)

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Poster: Tito the Attention Whore Date: Dec 4, 2007 12:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of 90s Dead!

wut up bareback tito? yew gotta be dyin. dire makes comeback post an get 350 plus views and 23 plus responses.

how yew like that full frontal in ya face bro.

dewd. everbody here would hold dires hair back while he was pukin.

everbody here would roll yew on yer back an let yew choke on yer puke. cept for that one dewd who wood git the vomit owt by pissin in yo mouth.